Video Of Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown Getting Tasered Released, Cops Still Employed

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Last year, Milwaukee paid $2.3m (£1.7m) to settle a lawsuit over the death of Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man fatally shot by a police officer after the officer roused him from a park bench.

The video shows an officer waiting at Brown's auto, which is parked horizontally across two handicap spots shortly after 2 a.m., and he questions the player, then 22 years old, when he exits the store. Several hours before the release, Donovan issued a news release that didn't mention Brown, but seemed to allude to him. "I just told you to back up", the officer asks.

"We're figuring out what we're gonna do. So what", the officer says. "You can't do that by yourself?"

In that statement, Brown referred to his treatment at the hands of law enforcement as indicative of a larger problem being experienced across the black community.

After eight minutes, an officer yells, "Take your hands out of your pockets, now". Without warning, all three officers grabbed Brown and threw him on the ground.

Milwaukee police had been braced for a backlash over the footage, after Mayor Tom Barrett said earlier this week that he had found it concerning.

Body camera video of the incident was released by the police shortly after Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales' news conference.

Leon Young told ABC News that Morales told him and other state lawmakers Thursday morning that one sergeant and two officers were disciplined in the incident, but said the chief told the lawmakers that statutory reasons prevented him from disclosing how they were punished. Police arrested Brown but he was not charged; he only received a parking citation.

Video Of Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown Getting Tasered Released, Cops Still Employed
Video Of Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown Getting Tasered Released, Cops Still Employed

When I took office, I vowed to rebuild trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the community.

"What should have been a simple parking ticket turned into an attempt at police intimidation, followed by the unlawful use of physical force, including being handcuffed and Tased, and then unlawfully booked", Brown said. I am speaking for Dontre Hamilton of Milwaukee, Laquan McDonald of Chicago, Stephon Clark of Sacramento, Eric Garner of NY, and the list goes on.

Fred Royal, the president of the NAACP in Milwaukee, said he "didn't see anything that would warrant" a stun gun being used on Brown. "We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored".

The video was kept under wraps for months, but it had to be released due to the Open Records Act. The video shows a tense situation that escalated quickly. After Garner was killed in 2014 when police officers held him in a headlock in NY, players (including then-Bulls guard Derrick Rose) wore shirts that read "I Can't Breathe".

"And now he's like, 'I'm a Bucks player, blah, blah, blah".

"I believe that this is a situation that could have been defused, and obviously it wasn't", he said.

Brown, a finalist for Illinois' Mr. Basketball award as a Proviso East senior, went on to be a four-year starter at SMU and was drafted by the 76ers in the second round last summer before being traded to the Bucks.

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